AstraZeneca picks up an Amgen biologics plant; Soon-Shiong's diagnostics firm makes a buy;

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> AstraZeneca ($AZN) is buying a Colorado biologics manufacturing facility from Amgen ($AMGN) as it expands its portfolio of large-molecule therapies. More

> Patrick Soon-Shiong's diagnostics business, NantOmics, bought OncoPlex Diagnostics, a company focused on analyzing tumor cells. News

> Medical device giant Zimmer ($ZMH) is planning to lay off 279 employees when it closes its dental headquarters later this year. Story

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> Startup Velico nabs another $15.5M from BARDA for dried plasma tech. Story

> Nipro to buy partner, heart attack prediction imaging upstart Infraredx. Report

> WSJ: Feds to launch power morcellator probe aimed at FDA. Article

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> Boehringer's Ofev, chasing a Roche rival, wins backing from NICE. Story

> AstraZeneca picks up discarded Amgen plant as part of its biologics expansion. Report

> AbbVie scores FDA approval for expanded Humira label. Article

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